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Janthir Wilds Unleashed: The Enhanced Warclaw Mount
17. Juli 2024 um 16:00 Uhr

Travel through the wilds of Janthir with the updated warclaw mount. Guild Wars 2: Janthir Wilds makes the warclaw available to acquire in PvE and completely redefines its skills—read on to learn more!

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Last week, we laid out the basic premise of the story in Guild Wars 2®: Janthir Wilds™, including an introduction to the lowland kodan who live in the Janthir isles. This week, we thought we’d take a closer look at the area you’ll be exploring, plus another fuzzy denizen of the Janthir region: the warclaw, which the lowland kodan call “journeykin.”

a journeykin showing affection to it's companion

Arriving at the Lowland Shore

This blog was originally published with an earlier draft of this section. It has been updated as of July 18.

Your first steps into Janthir will take place in the Lowland Shore map, home of the Lowland Kodan. Here you will be given the chance to immerse yourself amongst them to get a glimpse into their culture by assisting in daily tasks, engaging in sporting competition, and dealing with localized threats. During your time here, you will also learn of their relationship with your soon-to-be mount the Warclaw, which they call the “Journeykin”. These Journeykin play a pivotal role for the Kodan of Lowland shore as they are instrumental in their ability to traverse the terrains of Janthir as well as be the “work-Waclaw” of the Kodan to assist in the needs of utility and contest.

We’ve also heard your feedback around our more recent maps over the years being meta heavy, so for Lowland Shore we’ve decided to not include a meta. Instead, we’ve aimed to create a map without a sense of time pressure or urgency where players can focus on exploration, discovery, and world immersion similar to core Tyria maps with inspiration from more recent places like Grothmar Valley and Seitung Province.

The stream of water from Lowland Shore's flowing past a cabin and an active geyser

Into Janthir Syntri

As you push deeper into the wilds, you’ll encounter more reminders of the region’s dangerous reputation. Deep forests transition into sulfurous swamps that give way to volcanic terrain. Ruins left by the ravages of time and a bloodstone crater speak of the White Mantle occupation in the time of the original Guild Wars ®. The barrier between this world and the Mists has grown thin in Janthir Syntri, resulting in magical storms called Mists Tides that sweep the area. And strange creatures, known to scholars of Tyria’s past as titans, have begun appearing in greater numbers.

Dark forest with broken architecture

Warclaws in the Wilds

While in Janthir, you’ll have the opportunity to forge a bond with a warclaw mount and train a new Mastery line that grants your warclaw new skills in PvE maps! The warclaw is a highly mobile mount that can navigate with precision and agility over all kinds of terrain, and it also boasts some unique combat and exploration abilities:

  • Chain Pull: Deals damage and pulls enemies closer.
  • Battle Maul: Commands the warclaw to leap forward and perform an area attack, stunning enemies at the center of the attack.
  • Sniff: Enhances nearby allies while detecting nearby enemies. With Mastery training, Sniff also detects nearby treasure, which your warclaw can help you dig up.
  • Lance: Throws a spear to deal damage and knock down an enemy.

And here are the warclaw’s Mastery tiers:

  • Nine Lives: Take no fall damage while mounted on your warclaw (the base warclaw already has decreased fall damage).
  • Feline Reflexes: Extend your jump by hitting the spacebar again in midair.
  • Wild Claws: The warclaw performs a hit on enemies when dodging through them. Hitting at least one foe gives you endurance at the end of the dodge.
  • Feral Fury: Increases damage while mounted on the warclaw. The Lance skill now stuns enemies and deals increased defiance bar damage.
  • Well Rested: Increases the endurance regeneration rate for all mounts.

WvW Changes

When designing the warclaw mount for PvE, we saw some opportunities to improve how the warclaw works in WvW. This refresh of the warclaw experience comes from our evolving understanding of our mount system since we first implemented mounts. Whether you’re taking over or defending your territory, the warclaw will continue to be your steadfast companion with these updated skills:

  • Chain Pull: Added a new effect, Weakened Frame, which amplifies damage inflicted on gates and walls. This will stack with Structural Vulnerability.
  • Sniff: In addition to its abilities, it will also highlight damaged gates and walls for both allied and enemy structures when you’re in range.
  • Lance: Increased to 2 charges.
  • A young warclaw looking across as it stands brave in the tall grass

    Prepurchasing any edition of Guild Wars 2: Janthir Wilds before the expansion launches will grant you the “Homesteader” title, the Whispering Serpents Pauldrons skin, and a box with your choice of one Serpent’s Wrath weapon skin.

    Visit the official store page for full details on the items included in the Standard, Deluxe, and Ultimate editions.

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Dramatic Alchemy Is Coming to Your Wardrobe!
16. Juli 2024 um 16:00 Uhr

A new outfit, skyscale skin, and sword skin can be yours!

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    Phialslinger Manticore Appearance Package

    Utilize your knowledge of alchemy to ward off foes and enhance your allies! Bring the power of potions into battle with a daring manticore mount and a stylish top hat. Your magical concoctions will be eye-catching and colorful, conveying your scientific prowess.

    This package includes the Phialslinger Outfit, Phialslinger Manticore Skyscale Skin, 1 Total Makeover Kit, and 1 Monstrous Dye Kit for 2,400 gems. The outfit and skyscale mount skin can also be purchased separately for 700 gems and 1,600 gems, respectively.

    A hovering skyscale with giant horns and a beastlike face. Fur covers its entire body and wings.

    Black Lion Chest Update: Scorching Radiance

    Inside each chest, you’re guaranteed to find a redeemable Black Lion Statuette, a Gnashblade Zephyrite Supply Box, and two common items. You also have a chance to find something rarer in the fifth slot, including special items, glyphs, and skins from the Etherbound Weapon Collection and the Fox Fire Weapon Collection.

    Exclusive Item: Divine Radiance Sword

    History awakens with a lost Ascalonian relic. Forged in the likeness of the original artifact to capture its beauty, this divine sword shines with ancient, holy power, bestowed upon humanity by Dwayna herself.

    A heavily armored hero wielding an angelic sword made of white light.

    What’s in Stock

    Fashion new looks with our amazing discounts! Starting July 19 and continuing for the next few days, select back slot items will be 20% off, including the Heretical Scholar’s Cape and Hood Combo, Winter Monarch Cape, Ice Reaver Cape, Swaggering Cape, and more!

    Returning This Week

    Get a jump start on your journey into Tyria and beyond! Black Lion Instant Level 80 Tickets and all Living World seasons and episodes are 20% off from today until July 23. Amazing new stories await you.

  • Available Now in the Gem Store!

    Log into Guild Wars 2 and press 'O' to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!

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The Bear Necessities: A Peek at the Lowland Kodan and the Story of Janthir Wilds
10. Juli 2024 um 16:00 Uhr

Hear all about the new alliances, regions, and factions you'll discover when the expansion launches next month!

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Hey there! This is Indigo, the Guild Wars 2®: Janthir Wilds™ Narrative Lead, and Chloë, the expansion’s Story Design Lead. We’d love to walk you through a high-level look at the Guild Wars 2: Janthir Wilds story to help set the stage for launch next month.

The story of Guild Wars 2: Janthir Wilds is a treasure trove of intrigue and lore, both past and present, and we’ll be encountering a variety of allies and enemies as we venture into the long-awaited region of Janthir. We’ll be picking right up where Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure™ left off.

Let’s dive in!

Please note: Light spoilers ahead! We’ll be teasing a little bit about the region and current affairs surrounding the start of the expansion, so if you’d rather go in totally unspoiled, you’d best skip this one!

A lush, green wilderness with two deer drinking from a stream.

Bridging Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure

To get things going, let’s look back at last year. Following the end of the dragon cycle, Tyria had no idea what the ramifications would be. As we learned in Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure, Soo-Won’s death caused a powerful blast of magical instability that fractured all sorts of magical forces and barriers within Tyria. Aurene immediately went to work reestablishing herself as a filter for those magics, and stability was quickly restored, but we’ve only just begun to understand the consequences of that transfer of power.

Right at the onset of Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure, the commander was thrown into uncharted territory. We learned that the World Spire, a powerful conduit forged by the wizard Isgarren, was fractured following that blast. The spire was one of the few barriers sitting between us and potential calamity, and it only took a moment for the denizens of a parallel realm to worm their way in. And thus, the commander was introduced to the long-fought war between the Astral Ward and the Kryptis.

A foggy marsh with a large skeleton of a monster laying on the rocks.

Through the story of Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure, the commander aids the Astral Ward in rescuing the Wizard’s Court while toppling the malevolent Kyptis king, Eparch. While the fight against the Kryptis was won, there are a lot of stories left to be told about our wizardly new “friends.” The Astral Ward has proven to be a worthy ally with a benign cause, but we’ve barely touched the surface of some of their more questionable choices—not to mention their cantankerous leader, Isgarren. We know they helped in some ways, but why didn’t they get involved sooner? Where do we even start with the fractal fiasco?

Time to pull us back to the present. While the commander—now the wayfinder—was fighting back against Eparch in Nayos, the threat of the Kryptis didn’t go unnoticed by the rest of Tyria. In fact, that threat was very much noticed, and nations started talking. At the start of Guild Wars 2: Janthir Wilds, the commander will receive an invitation to the inaugural meeting of the Tyrian Alliance—and oh boy, do they have a lot of thoughts about our latest demonic invaders. After everything the world has endured, Tyria’s patience with destruction is limited.

While we want to keep some of the minutia surrounding the Tyrian Alliance under our hats for now (including our lavish host of guest appearances), in addition to providing the player with a new directive, the alliance also gives us the ability to demonstrate Tyria’s growth outside of the main story path. What’s happening in the rest of the world? How are things progressing when we’re in the thick of adventure?

Queen Jennah and Countess Anise standing in front of a podium.

The Greater Janthir Region

One of the results of this first Tyrian Alliance meeting will send the commander and a very small team of allies into the dangerous wilds of the Janthir region—starting due north of Divinity’s Reach, over the Krytan border. The initial focus of our mission is to establish a diplomatic connection with a small faction of kodan. The lowlanders, while hesitant, welcome us into their village—we spend some time getting to know their culture as we explore the Lowland Shore (which we’ll dig into a bit more in a moment!).

Partway through the story, we’ll be pulled even further into Janthir. That’s when we’ll make our way into the isles themselves. The bay is rich with history—bloody, brutal, sullen history. And we’ve never strayed too close until now! We know that Saul and his fledgling White Mantle went to the isles in search of something, leaving with an Eye of Janthir. We also know that other conspicuous figures have ventured into the region, too. On the first island we reach, Janthir Syntri, we’ll begin to unravel the tragic history behind the ruined village of Gavril.

But that’s a good spot to pause because, most importantly: bears.

A brown fur lowland kodan stands in a circular arena.

The Lowland Kodan

One of the most exciting things to dig into has been our new faction of lowland kodan, who have called Janthir home for many generations. Despite the region being viciously dangerous and inhospitable, they are expert survivalists and have carved out a comfortable—even cozy—way of life in these lands. All lowlanders are capable fighters and learn survival tactics from the time they are cubs. The wayfinder will spend much of their time in Janthir learning about—and learning from—the lowlanders, as they have much to teach.

As a population isolated from their northern kodan cousins for so long and living in a much different environment, they’re a little different than the kodan we are familiar with. Perhaps the most notable difference lies in their spiritual belief system. Unlike other kodan, who revere the will and balance of Koda, the lowland kodan hold in reverence the environment, the relationship they maintain with it, and the responsibility they have as stewards of the land. Rather than viewing themselves as enlightened protectors chosen by Koda, lowlanders act out of a duty to maintain necessary balance in a harsh place where taking is easier than giving and survival can be difficult.

These differences trickle down through other aspects of their society. Kodan leadership is typically a partnership between a spiritual mouthpiece of Koda, called a Voice, and a physical protector, called a Claw. However, the lowland kodan have a Claw as their sole leader, a feature of their society that goes back as far as anyone can remember. The Claw is not without balance, though: a council that represents key roles in the village lends the Claw perspective and advice.

As the wayfinder spends more time with the lowland kodan and begins to earn their trust, we’ll gain more glimpses into their lives and their history as denizens of Janthir.

A campfire with two kodan sitting around it with their warclaw pet.

Heading North to Janthir

The inhabitants of Tyria are on the cusp of a new era. It’s time for nations to ally and work together on a more global scale. Those seeds of alliance were planted under the threat of the Elder Dragons, but the need did not end with the Elder Dragons. As new threats rise, it’s good to have friends on your side. What better place to start than with people living next door? The lowland kodan might prove to be valuable allies…if we can earn their trust and convince them it’s worthwhile to join the global conversation.

We’re so excited to be able to give some first looks into the narrative of Guild Wars 2: Janthir Wilds! There is so much fun existing lore and history to dig into and build upon with new stories and characters. We can’t wait for you to experience it all!

A yellow landscape with acid pools and poisonous steam clouds.

Prepurchasing any edition of Guild Wars 2: Janthir Wilds before the expansion launches will grant you the “Homesteader” title, the Whispering Serpents Pauldrons skin, and a box with your choice of one Serpent’s Wrath weapon skin.

Visit the official store page for full details on the items included in the Standard, Deluxe, and Ultimate editions.

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Protect Yourself with this Fan-tastic Shield Skin, Now in the Gem Store!
02. Juli 2024 um 16:00 Uhr

Cool down on a hot day, or guard yourself from unknown dangers!

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    Disguised Fan Shield Skin

    This elegant fan is a beautiful work of craftsmanship and a hidden defense to protect you from sudden attacks. Anyone standing in your way will know you’re prepared for anything! This clever skin can be purchased for 600 gems, and it is a perfect match for the Disguised Umbrella Sword Skin.

    What’s in Stock

    Don’t forget we have a huge sale right now including all of our released expansions! Head on over to the official Guild Wars 2 website until Thursday, July 11 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC – 7) to take advantage of these discounts.

    Also, make sure to start your summer off with some hot discounts on your favorite armor sets! Starting July 5 and continuing for the next few days, select armor sets will be 20% off, including the Phalanx Heavy-Armor Skin, Viper’s Medium-Armor Skin, Trickster’s Light-Armor Skin, and many more!

    Two characters have the disguised fan shield. One guards themselves with it held out as a shield while the other has it stowed on their back as a fan.

    Returning This Week

    From today until July 9, our Character Slot Expansions are 20% off. Boost your incredible imagination with a new fun alt to explore Tyria with!

  • Available Now in the Gem Store!

    Log into Guild Wars 2 and press 'O' to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!

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Guild Wars 2 Summer Sale Begins Today!
27. Juni 2024 um 17:09 Uhr

Take advantage of these fantastic summer sale discounts on our first four expansions.

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Guild Wars 2 Expansion Sales

With summer in full swing and our next expansion on the horizon, there is no better time to immerse yourself in the world of Guild Wars 2®! Explore past adventures and experience the latest expansion, Guild Wars 2®: Secrets of the Obscure™, now on sale for the first time!

Head on over to the official Guild Wars 2 website from Thursday, June 27 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7) until Thursday, July 11 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7) to take advantage of these discounts.

Guild Wars 2 Expansion Sales

The following discounted items are available now on the official Guild Wars 2 website, with similar deals on Steam!

Expansion 4: Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure

Guild Wars 2 Secrets of the Obscure on sale

In a world finally safe from the Elder Dragons’ corruption, new threats rise to seek power. Embark on an epic journey and uncover the mysteries of the Wizard’s Tower as you defend the skies against incursions from the Mists. Unlock access to weapons that were previously exclusive to elite specializations for each profession, and an updated path to unlocking your skyscale mount.

Both Standard and Deluxe editions of Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure expansion are now available at a 20% discount.

Expansion 3: Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons

Guild Wars 2 End of Dragons on sale

The future of Cantha is now. The dragon cycle that has sustained and blighted Tyria for ages is collapsing. Mortal hearts and choices will define this moment in history—and echo in the future forever. Unlock new elite specializations, Masteries, and more, including access to fishing and skiffs.

Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons® expansion is available now at a 50% discount!

Guild Wars 2—The Elder Dragon Saga Complete Collection

Guild Wars 2 The Elder Dragon Saga Complete Collection on sale

Experience the entire dragon cycle saga from beginning to end with Guild Wars 2—The Complete Collection. This bundle contains an entire decade’s worth of content! Included are Guild Wars 2 Living World® Seasons 2–5 and the first three expansions: Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns®, Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire®, and Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons®.

You’ll also get two Level-80 Boosts, allowing you to instantly level up two characters and jump straight into our latest content, with two Shared Inventory Slots to easily share items with every character on your account.

This collection is available now at a 50% discount until July 11. For players only interested in the expansions, the Standard and Deluxe editions of the Elder Dragon Saga Collection are discounted by 60%.

Expansions 1 and 2—Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns and Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire

Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns and Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire on sale

Unlock mounts, gliding, and more with the first two expansions for Guild Wars 2. This package grants you access to a new profession, the revenant, as well as eighteen elite specializations to change the way you play. Experience the joy of movement with the best mounts in MMOs.

This expansion bundle is available now at a 75% discount!

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Guild Wars on sale

In addition to the Guild Wars 2 sales detailed below, we’re also discounting the original Guild Wars ® and all its expansions and editions by 75%! Now is the perfect time to experience the game that started it all. Fill your Hall of Monuments and unlock bonus items and titles that transfer to Guild Wars 2!

Third-Party Retailers

Our expansion sales are also available from the following third-party retailers:

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Play the Spear Beta Event Today!
27. Juni 2024 um 16:00 Uhr

Try out all of the new weapons skills and give us feedback before Janthir Wilds launches.

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a human with white hair wields a spear while pointing forward

Greetings, Tyrians!

Today marks the arrival of the highly anticipated spear beta event. Spears are finally making landfall, and now is your chance to test them out across all professions and provide valuable insight and feedback! The event runs from June 27 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7) until June 30 at 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7).

If you have a Guild Wars 2® account in good standing, you are invited to try out the spear beta—you don’t need to prepurchase Guild Wars 2®: Janthir Wilds™ to join the fun.

How Can I Participate?

Every Guild Wars 2 account in good standing, including Play-for-Free accounts, will automatically get character slots marked “Beta” when the beta event begins. Clicking on one of these slots will allow you to create a character using any of the nine Guild Wars 2 professions.

From there, explore the open world or try a game mode dedicated to group play. You’ll find options to join World vs. World and structured Player vs. Player in the bar located at the top-left corner of your UI. To tackle the Fractals of the Mists instanced group content, visit Fort Marriner in Lion’s Arch and enter the portal.

Beta characters will disappear at the end of the event, and any gameplay progress earned while playing on them—including rewards and currency—will not be saved.

After you’ve had a chance to play, we’d like to hear what you think—what you enjoyed, what you think could be improved, and why you liked or disliked certain build changes in the beta. Head on over to our forums and leave us some feedback!

a charr wielding a spear swiping at a foe leaving a trail of energy behind

Previous Beta Feedback

We have heard your feedback from the last beta events regarding our “under construction” icons for temp skills being a pain point. In an effort to improve the experience, we created these temporary icons. We hope these will help to address some pain points, confusion, readability issues and enhance the experience for those testing the new spear weapons.

To highlight these improvements, here is a showcase of the new temporary skill icons that players can anticipate, along with a simple breakdown of what each icon represents.

Ground-Targeted AoE: Launches an attack at a specified area on the ground.
Beneficial Effect: Applies boons or other helpful effects to you and your allies.
Projectile: Shoots one or more projectiles at a targeted enemy.
Player-Based AoE: Executes an area attack centered around the player.
Movement: Moves you a certain distance when activated.
Utility: Offers a variety of options, such as stealth and other versatile actions.
Melee: Delivers an attack directly in front of the player.
Line AoE: Unleashes an area attack in a straight line ahead of the player.
Healing: Restores health to you or an ally.
Defense: Provides defensive actions like blocking or evading attacks.
Cone: Executes an attack in a cone-shaped area in front of the player.
Crowd Control: Uses a skill to disable your enemy.

Spear Weapon Preview

As our fifth expansion, Guild Wars 2: Janthir Wilds, sets sail for release on August 20, players across all professions will have the opportunity to embark on a new combat journey. The long-awaited spear is finally making its debut on land! Join in on the conversation by catching up on our general spear Q&A and also learn how rangers, necromancers, and guardians wield spears. Additionally, check out our recent blogs detailing spear skills for warrior, thief, and engineer, as well as mesmer, elementalist, and revenant.

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Bright and Blazing Summer Fun Awaits You in the Gem Store!
25. Juni 2024 um 16:00 Uhr

Amazing new bathing suits let you enjoy the hottest season to the fullest!

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    Long-Awaited Vacation Appearance Package

    Enter the magic of a beautiful sunlit beach with our amazing appearance package! Turquoise seas caressing your skin and warm sand between your toes will relax your body and soul. It’s a dreamy vacation you won’t soon forget—and you get to dress for the part!

    This beachy package can be obtained for 2,800 gems. It contains the Tropical Beach Pack, Breezy Swim Pack, and Vacation Lounge Chair. Each pack and chair can be obtained individually.

    The sensual Breezy Swim Pack includes the Breezy Swim Top Skin and Breezy Swim Bottom Skin; this pack is available for 1,000 gems. The fun Tropical Beach Pack consists of the Beach Hat Skin, Tropical Chest Skin, Beach Bracelet Skin, Tropical Legwear Skin, and Beach Sandals Skin; this pack is available for 2,000 gems. The dreamy Vacation Lounge Chair is available for 600 gems—and it seats two people so you can kick back with your best beach buddy.

    Let’s all enjoy this lush tropical adventure!

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    Black Lion Chest Update: Neon Dreamer’s Chest

    Inside each chest, you’re guaranteed to find a redeemable Black Lion Statuette, a Black Lion Mastery Coffer, and two common items. You also have a chance to find something rarer in the fifth slot, including special items, glyphs, and skins from the New Kaineng Weapon Collection and the Magical Weapon Collection.

    Exclusive Item: Neon Demon Mask Skin

    A whisper of a cybernetic demon emerges from the holographic shadows. Disguise yourself with neon lights and blend into the somber skies of New Kaineng’s busy districts. You are a rumored omen.

    What’s in Stock

    Take to the skies with our incredible discounts! Starting June 28 and continuing for the next few days, select gliders, backpacks, and combos will be 20% off, including the Crystalline Dragon Wings Backpack Glider Combo, Spellweaver Glider, Skyscale Squadron Glider, Aurene Wings Backpack and Glider Combo, and many more!

    Returning This Week

    Shared Inventory Slots are 20% off from today until July 2. Move items easily between your characters, now at an amazing discount!

    a charr and a human wearing various items from the Long-Awaited Vacation Appearance Package

  • Available Now in the Gem Store!

    Log into Guild Wars 2 and press 'O' to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!

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A First Look at Homesteads: Exclusive Preview from PC Gamer
25. Juni 2024 um 13:01 Uhr

Check out the exclusive first look at the long-awaited Homesteads arriving in our upcoming expansion Guild Wars 2®: Janthir Wilds™, by PC Gamer

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The long-awaited Homesteads are finally arriving in our upcoming expansion Guild Wars 2®: Janthir Wilds™, and PC Gamer has an exclusive first look at what players can expect!

Homesteads are a significant evolution of the home instances players are familiar with (although they aren’t replacing home instances—those will still be around!), offering an enhanced experience for personalizing and upgrading your in-game sanctuary. Items previously collected in home instances can be seamlessly integrated into the new homesteads, ensuring continuity and familiarity. Players can increase their comfort level through various activities such as harvesting nodes, watering flowers, fishing, swimming, chopping trees, watching cats do cat things, and much more, all within the confines of their homestead.

A homestead in Guild Wars 2 Janthir Wilds

Customization is at the heart of the Homesteads feature, allowing players to tailor their space to their aesthetic preferences. New and existing decorations will be craftable through the new personal scribing crafting discipline. Additionally, players can stable their mounts at their homestead, giving them a much-needed rest after long journeys. Alt characters will also be making an appearance, adding another personal touch to each homestead.

For a more complete overview of Homesteads, head over to PC Gamer’s exclusive preview. Keep a lookout on the Guild Wars 2 channels for more details about how Homesteads work, plus everything else you need to get ready for when Guild Wars 2: Janthir Wilds launches on August 20!

A homestead in Guild Wars 2 Janthir Wilds

Prepurchasing any edition of Guild Wars 2: Janthir Wilds before the expansion launches will grant you the “Homesteader” title, the Whispering Serpents Pauldrons skin, and a box with your choice of one Serpent’s Wrath weapon skin.

Visit the official store page for full details on the items included in the Standard, Deluxe, and Ultimate editions.

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Spear Me the Details: Mesmer, Revenant, and Elementalist
20. Juni 2024 um 16:00 Uhr

Get all the information you need right here, in sharp detail!

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When Guild Wars 2®: Janthir Wilds™ launches on August 20, each of the nine professions will have access to a new set of spear weapon skills that have new skill effects and animations! If you missed the expansion details, be sure to check out our Guild Wars 2: Janthir Wilds announcement blog first.

In case you missed our previous spear blogs, catch up on the general spear Q&A first. We also released one blog detailing how rangers, necromancers, and guardians wield spears, followed by last week’s blog about spear skills for the warrior, thief, and engineer. This week, game designers Taylor Brooks, Karl McLain, and Cal Cohen from the Guild Wars 2: Janthir Wilds combat feature team are ready to discuss the mesmer, revenant, and elementalist respectively.

Spears Bring Clarity to Mesmers

A hero from Tyria showing off a new spear weapon skill.

The mesmers of Janthir look to the beauty of their environment to guide their spear. Through careful study of recursive designs they find in nature, they are able to weave their magic in similar patterns. Each pattern produces a unique effect, giving a spear-wielding mesmer a variety of ways to approach a fight.

The core of mesmer’s spear gameplay is the second weapon skill, Mind the Gap; you’ll channel energy into your spear and swing it around in a circle. This skill is special because you will want to hit enemies with the outer edge of its area of effect. If you correctly position yourself and secure a hit in the right area, you will do more damage and gain Clarity. The Clarity effect allows you to imbue the next pattern you create with stronger magic, increasing its effectiveness. The exact effect of Clarity will be different for each skill, so you’ll need to plan ahead to gain the most value from it.

The fourth skill, Phantasmal Lancer, allows you to dash at your foe, striking them with your spear. As you dash, a phantasm is created at your starting location. The phantasm will dash through you, striking your initial target and enemies past it. If you use Phantasmal Lancer with Clarity, instead of summoning a phantasm behind you, you will summon two phantasms at your flanks that dash toward the enemy and meet to perform a simultaneous strike!

Mesmer spear is a mobile, high-damage weapon with dynamic gameplay. You’ll want to focus on your positioning in fights so that you can gain Clarity, then choose which abilities you want to empower with it. Due to the unique requirement for careful spacing, this weapon might take some getting used to—but once you get the hang of it, you’ll find yourself weaving a pattern of victory.

Revenant Spear Is a Destructive Masterpiece

A hero from Tyria showing off a new spear weapon skill.

Revenants who first heft their spear in battle often say that it reminds them of creation through destruction. Wielding dark power from the Mists, they paint the battlefield through constant pressure and debilitating effects. Let’s dive in and talk about how this condition-based hybrid weapon works.

We’ll start with the fifth weapon skill as the primary ability. Abyssal Raze is a ground-targeted skill with three charges that strikes up to five enemies. You’ll gain up to two stacks of Crushing Abyss per cast every time this skill strikes a foe, which amplifies the next use of Abyssal Raze. At five stacks you’ll reach the maximum effectiveness, causing every stroke of the abyss to deliver the most potent effect. With three ammunition charges available for this skill, let’s discuss how you’ll refresh ammunition using your other spear skills and maintain tremendous pressure on the battlefield while keeping Crushing Abyss active.

The other four revenant spear skills enable the use of Abyssal Raze by reducing its ammunition cooldown and keeping you and your enemies positioned opportunistically on the battleground. Your first skill is a hybrid of ranged or alternating melee strikes, and each of them reduces Abyssal Raze’s cooldown by a very short amount when striking a target. Your second skill is a bread-and-butter area-of-effect attack on a target that reduces your Abyssal Raze cooldown by nearly a full ammunition count. The third skill reduces Abyssal Raze’s cooldown by a static amount and is a movement ability that leaves abyssal mines in your wake, threatening foes who dare chase you as you paint your masterpiece of destruction. And the fourth skill serves as a delayed area crowd control ability to help you land the most optimal damage as enemies attempt to flee your gaze.

With all these new spear abilities coming in hot, we’re excited to watch the masterpieces you create on the battlefield. Happy razing!

Elementalist Spear: Etching for Power

A hero from Tyria wielding a spear in Janthir Wilds.

The elementalist wields a spear as a long-range, power-damage weapon capable of conjuring powerful elemental forces such as volcanos, whirlpools, and lightning storms. The spear has a couple of minor defensive tools but is primarily focused on damage and crowd control, leading to a “glass cannon” style of play that will be more comfortable when you’re unleashing spells from a distance rather than ending up in the thick of combat. In today’s post, we’ll cover a few of the skills and some of their shared mechanical aspects.

Starting things off with the fourth air attunement skill, we have Twister, a ranged, ground-targeted area-of-effect skill that (unsurprisingly) creates a twister at the location that damages and inflicts vulnerability on enemies in the area. This skill—as well as the fourth weapon skills in other attunements—has an additional effect against enemies that are within a smaller inner radius near the spell’s center, rewarding precise placement. When Twister strikes enemies near its center, it will also bring those enemies up to float in the air.

Next up is Harden, the third earth attunement skill. This is a personal defensive skill that grants the user barrier and also enhances their next strike from any spear skill to inflict daze on their enemy. The other third-slot weapon skills have some similarities: each is a utility-focused skill that protects or empowers the user and grants a bonus to their next spear skill. All of these skills also have a relatively short casting time—or none at all—which is important for today’s final elementalist sneak peek.

The fifth weapon skill slot contains the most potent skill of each attunement, assuming you can fulfill the requirements. Each skill starts off in its base state, a quick cast that etches a spell circle into the ground. As an example, the fire skill Etching: Volcano creates a spell circle that grants might to the elementalist. The skill then flips over into Lesser Volcano, a ground-targeted spell that erupts to create several damaging strikes. Unlocking the skill’s full potential requires the spell circle to be completed before reactivating the skill. To do so, the user must simply use three other skills while standing inside the etched circle.

This process isn’t limited to spear skills, so instant-casting utility skills can be utilized to speed things up. Once the spell circle is completed, the skill flips once more to its final form—in this case, Volcano—allowing the user to unleash the full potential of the effect. The full-power Volcano erupts for a longer period of time, creating additional damaging areas and inflicting more damage than its lesser version. Other attunements utilize the same etching process, but each has their own flavor and skill effects.

A hero from Tyria showing off a new spear weapon skill.

Try Spears Yourself June 27!

Tomorrow, we’ll be showing off all of the new spear skills during a Twitch livestream at noon Pacific Time (UTC-7). In addition, there will be a beta event from June 27 at 9:00 a.m. until June 30 at 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7) where everyone can try out spears and give us feedback!

Let the summer spear fun commence!

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